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Some work published under the pen name Lia Incognita.

Essays and Commentary

Too often theory is divorced from lived experience, and too often marginalised people are invited to share their stories as illustration for someone else’s opinion.

Jinghua Qian, 2012

Call out China’s meddling, but the yellow-peril alarm at ‘Chinese influence’ is racist‘, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September 2019.

How to come out to your migrant parents’, SBS, 16 April 2019.

The T on Chinese transmasculinity’, Popula, 27 March 2019.

Things and their makers: From “European Labour Only” to “Ethical Consumerism”’, Right Now, 8 September 2015.

The Name and the Face’, Overland, No. 208, Spring 2012, pp. 27-32. All of Jinghua’s writing for Overland can be found here.

How to Get a Five-Year Residency Permit If You’re Sort of Chinese-Ish’, Popula, 3 December 2018.

We Went to Asia’s Biggest Pride March‘, Autostraddle, 10 November 2017.

Four perspectives on race & racism in Australian poetry’, Overland, No. 222, Autumn 2016. [with AJ Carruthers, Samuel Wagan Watson, and Elena Gomez]

Shapeshifting in the Year of the Monkey‘, The Lifted Brow, 4 February 2016.

From eyelids to skin tone, beauty isn’t always about “looking white”’, The Guardian, 19 August 2015.

‘Queering the Air’, in David Hardy (ed.), Bold: Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & intersex people, Rag and Bone Man Press, Melbourne, 2015. [with Pham Phu Thanh Hang and Arjun Rajkhowa]

Border violence as settler nativism’, The Platform, 26 July 2014.

Fissures and Friendships: How I Became a Woman of Colour’, Peril, no. 10, January 2011. Full archive of Jinghua’s work for Peril available here.

Poetry

Photo: ‘Tong Xing’ — a puppetry/poetry collaboration with Beth McMahon and Michael Bevitt (the indirect Object) for Black Hole’s Captured Whispers, 17 May 2015.

‘Out’, Offshoot: Contemporary Life Writing Methodologies and Practice, eds. Donna Lee Brien & Quinn Eades, UWA Publishing, 2018.

‘Hard’, Press: 100 Love Letters, eds. Francesca Rendle-Short and Laurel Flores Fantauzzo, University of the Philippines Press, 2017.

Mainland Girls’, Cordite, Vol 52 (Toil), 1 November 2015.

Consumed without consent’, Writers Victoria, 15 September 2015.

Leaving Traces’, released as part of National Young Writer Month along with an interview with the poet by Izzy Roberts-Orr, 29 June 2015.

‘Floodgates’, Poetic Justice: Contemporary Australian Voices on Equality and Human Rights, eds. Andre Dao and Roselina Press, Right Now, 2014.

Toisan’, Mascara Literary Review, No. 15, May 2014.

‘Tong Xing’, Overland audio edition, 7 August 2012.

‘Typography’, Melbourne Poetry Map, 2011.

‘Patriot’, Going Down Swinging Vol. 27, 2009.

Jinghua has performed extensively over the last decade. Listen to eir work here.

Reviews and criticism

‘”The Farewell” will break your heart in the best way’ , SBS, 2019.

Golden Shield, Southbank Theatre, ArtsHub, 2019.

Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang, NGV‘, ArtsHub, 2019.

Daddy, Yirramboi Festival‘, ArtsHub, 2019.

Matriarch, Yirramboi Festival‘, ArtsHub, 2019.

TV shows that were ruined by stray shoes‘, SBS, 2019.

‘Boundless Plains to Share: Lost Years and the Chinese Diaspora’, Metro, Issue 180, 2014.

Reported Features

Photo: Newlyweds’ bedroom door in Shaanxi province, China, 18 October 2017. Jinghua Qian/Sixth Tone.

From Taiwan to Melbourne: First Nations exchanges that decentre the West’, ArtsHub, 10 May 2019.

It’s Complicated: Chinese Millennials and Marriage’, Sixth Tone, 4 August 2018. [with Fan Yiying]

LGBT Mental Health: Closet Prejudice Remains’, Sixth Tone, 19 May 2016.

Women Take Sex Ed Into Their Own Hands and Phones’, Sixth Tone, 6 May 2016.

Return Home and ‘Settle,’ Confucians Tell Women’, Sixth Tone, 22 April 2016.

Waking Up to the Threat of Domestic Violence’, Sixth Tone, 3 April 2016.

Full archive of Jinghua’s stories for Sixth Tone can be found here